Festival Showcase Performances

Saturday morning, and into the early afternoon, is when listeners and performers get to know each other.  Beginning at 10 AM and ending at 2 PM, each of our artists are featured in one of three locations: The John Paul Jones House, the historic barn at the Moffatt Ladd House, Read more…

Bill Dunlap

Bill Dunlap is leading the maritime hymn sing on Sunday afternoon.  He is a law professor at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, where he teaches international law, including the law of the sea.  He is currently researching the history of maritime hymns—prayers for mariners’ lives and vessels, metaphorical religious lessons for landlubber churchgoers, Read more…

The Vox Hunters

Hailing from the great state of Rhode Island, Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi are seekers and singers of old songs, cultivators of local music, and chronic multi-instrumentalists. They are touted as strong tradition-bearers in their generation, and their genuine affinity for the music is evident in the emotion they draw Read more…

Roll Alabama Roll – a musical lecture

Sunday 1;45 – 2:45PM Portsmouth Athenaeum Between 1862, when the Alabama’s keel was laid, and the 19th of June in ’64, when she sank to the bottom of the ocean floor, the Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama wreaked havoc on Union shipping, capturing or sinking 69 privately owned vessels flying the flag of the United Read more…

⚓Nauti Bits Son of a Gun

SON OF A GUN Sailors’ wives and “special friends” were often permitted on board Royal Navy vessels in the early 19th century and frequently went on long voyages.  Pregnant women were assigned the only space available to give birth, between the cannons on the gun deck!  Spectacularly uncomfortable, but at least Read more…

Remembering Tom Hall’s Role …

While PMFF, as an event, was inspired by Peter Contrastano and Jeff Warner … the musical community and sea song lore  that nourished the festival from the earliest days was ‘organized’ by the one and only Tom Hall. Tom’s knowledge and love of maritime tradition, shared at the Press Room Read more…

PMFF July 2018 Newsletter

PMFF July 2018 Newsletter   Hello again fans of the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival,   Through the dog days of summer, our organizing committee has continued finalizing all of the details of this year’s 19th annual festival, and oh happy day, the roster is now complete! A friendly reminder for Read more…